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Hi, my name is Jordan Juarez and I am a recent graduate of USC. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in May of 2017 and am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. I joined the Image Understanding Laboratory during the Fall of 2013 and was primarily focused on understanding the intricacies of both facial and object recognition.

Remarkably, the brain's visual system is able to process novel images in a fraction of a second. From distinguishing minute metric differences between familiar and unfamiliar faces to maintaining proper mental representations of objects at various orientations and scales, the brain's visual network is able to code a seemingly limitless abundance of scenes at a glance. In particular, I have explored the brain's unique ability to visualize faces through the utilization of large receptive fields that are sensitive to the tiny metric differences that distinguish one face from another. Excitingly, our lab has implemented this "action at a distance model" to describe the perceptual nature that underlies congenital prosopagnosia. Popularly referred to as "face-blindness" in the media, people with this condition cannot identify individuals on the basis of another's face, sometimes including their very own face in the mirror! Indeed, by exploring both the mechanics of facial and object recognition, a better understanding of how we can get mind from brain can be properly understood.

That said, I am currently a lab member of Nephrologist, Nuria Maria Pastor-Soler MD, PhD at the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center. Integrating both immunological and immunofluorescence methodologies, my new lab is primarily focused on discovering novel therapies for various renal diseases including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).


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